Cindy Sheehan and Glenn Beck Make Their Cases for Tax Resistance
Cindy Sheehan is promoting a new book,
Myth America: 10 Greatest Myths of the Robber Class and
the Case for Revolution.
…I outline a clear path for grassroots communities, from neighborhoods to
associations, to divorce ourselves and declare independence from the Robber
…what can we do here in the Robbed Class? The so-called Ship of State that
“turns slowly” cannot turn at all if the rudder keeps pointing in the
direction of economic piracy for the Robbers and economic pillage for We the
Robbed. We can’t turn the Ship of State around, but we can turn ourselves
around… most of us move more easily than this Empire laden with corruption,
anyway. It’s easier to turn a canoe than an aircraft carrier!
Among the steps she’s advocating are that people shift their savings from
banks to credit unions, get out of debt, reduce consumption (and when you do
purchase things, buy local and consider used goods) but consider stocking up
on staple goods before inflation ramps up, and work to form small-scale barter
cooperatives and mutual-aid groups. Tax resistance also makes an appearance:
Another thing to consider above the fact that our economy is intended to
make us debt slaves to the banks for our entire lives, is that we fund our
government’s war crimes around the world with our tax money. I stopped
paying income taxes after my son was killed in Iraq because I paid for
Empire with my own flesh and blood, but now, we are financing corporate
welfare and still losing our homes and jobs. It’s not right and not paying
your taxes will also send a message to Robber Class Politicians.
Glenn Beck is still trying to fan the flames of tax resistance on his Fox News
show, without wanting to take any responsbility for doing so.
episode has him interviewing Mark Everson, who was the
commissioner during much of the Dubya era. Beck opens the interview with the
classic passive voice gambit: “Boy, this thing got out of hand.”
The interview has some interest, if only because the
rarely makes anything but boilerplate responses to questions about tax
resistance. Now that Everson is an
chief, while he hasn’t really changed his tune, he’s a little more freestyle
with the lyrics:
- What happens to people who would consider doing this [tax
- Well, let me first say, if I can… I share the frustration. The country
has way too much debt and the projections for more debt are just sort of
staggering, even The Washington Post today
said it’s — the budgets are simply unaffordable. So, there’s a serious
issue. But the right way to get at it is not to resist paying your
taxes. It’s to vote. It’s to participate in the electoral process.
- I agree with you 100%, I do. But let me just voice what people would be
shouting that would buy into what the Coach said yesterday. What people
would be shouting out right now, and that is: “I have voted, and I voted
for a Republican and then I voted for a Democrat, or I voted the other
way around, and I get the same thing: out-of-control spending. And they
won’t listen in Washington.”
- Yes, I share that frustration as a citizen and a taxpayer. And I think
that there will need to be a line drawn. But noncompliance, willful
noncompliance is not the answer. If you look at what’s happening in the
country right now, there is a great deal of concern about the debt. Look
at the bond markets. I know you have covered this, Glenn, and this will
increase instability in our system, not reduce it, if people start to be
non-compliant. Now, what will happen? The government will react and it
will hold people accountable. The
will work with the Justice Department and people will do time in prison.
And it’s nice to incite people and say, “Go to jail,” and say this will
change, but I think that would be a stiff price to pay.
- I would also say that in this area — this is not like hardened drug
dealers where you throw one kid in the slammer and the next day there is
another kid on the street corner pushing the crack. The government
deterrents and enforcement programs will work if you actually
demonstrate properly that you’re sending people off to jail, I think
you will get compliance.